Feb. 13, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Lady Seminole Swimming and Diving team heads to Charlottesville, Virginia for the ACC Championships that begin on Thursday, February 15. The ladies finished the regular season with a dual meet record of 8-5 and were 1-0 in conference play with their loan victory against NC State, 175-136.
Junior Christy Cech, who has had a break-through year in the freestyle events, will look to lead the Seminoles at this year’s ACC Championships. She is currently ranked second and fourth nationally in the 50 and 100 Freestyle, respectively. Cech heads into the ACC Championships looking to defend her title in the 100 Freestyle. Her time of 49.36 in the 100 is good for tops in the ACC. Cech also holds the top spot in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 22.64.
Women’s team captain, Kristen Adams, who looks to continue her late season charge at this year’s ACC Championships, will also lead FSU. She will be joined by junior Amber Goodwin in the backstroke and freestyle events, Candice Nethercott in the butterfly, and ACC Swimmer of the Week in January, Keryn Krynauw in the breaststroke competition.
In diving, Coach Patrick Jeffrey will take a young, but eager women’s team into this year’s ACC Meet. Freshman Chelsie Lerew leads the way after finishing strong in the second half of the season. Lerew finished first in four diving competitions against Auburn, Alabama and Texas. Her score of 499.40 in the 3-meter diving competition at the Georgia Invitational is good for the top spot in the ACC.
Coach Neil Harper feels the ladies are eagerly waiting for the ACC Championships to begin on Wednesday.
“Our swimmers are quietly confident and ready for battle,” said Harper. “Our goal is to individually do the best we can, and if we can do that then collectively as a team, we can definitely achieve our team goals.”
Harper also feels that the tough schedule the ladies swam this year will pay high dividends at the ACC Championships.
“The experience we have gained from swimming against a few top 10 teams this season will definitely prepare us for the likes of North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia at this week’s Championships,” said Harper.
The ACC Championships will conclude with the final events on Saturday, February 17.